“Philippines: American shot dead after refusing to buy beer.” This headline jutted out to me in The Daily Guardian this morning. As I sipped my steaming hot cup of Good Day White Frappe, I quickly perused this tragic story which could happen to any American, or other foreigners, living in the Philippines.
Beauty contests in the Philippines are as common as cow poop on our local roads. Even before Pia Wurtzbach, a German-Filipino model, won the 2015 Miss Universe title, pageant competitions were extremely popular. “Pretty Pinays Populate Philippines Pageant” documents a recent visit my lovely asawa and I made to a local beauty contest, Miss Talangban 2018. Talangban is located in the municipality of Sibunag, Guimaras.
It’s almost 2:00 pm. The temperature is hovering around 33°C, 92° F, with a “feels like” temperature of 39°C, 102°F. The humidity is a “mild” 54%. “Mild” because the average annual humidity in our island province of Guimaras is around 86%. “Another Summer Day in a Paradise Called the Philippines.”
It was a slow day at the “pee tree.” After waiting for about 30 minutes as my lovely Filipina wife did some shopping at Southern Trading in Guimaras, I only counted one public pisser from the confines of our Ford Ranger. This post is a tribute to the “Philippines Public Pee Warriors.”
As regular readers of Philippines Plus already know, this site’s main contributor, The Crusty Old Expat, is retired. Over eight years ago I moved to the Philippines with my lovely Filipina wife of over 18 years. Although I’ve maintained this website for almost eight years, I still have plenty of free time on my hands. My spouse, niece, nephew and live-in-domestic helper do the bulk of the chores here. Thus, I had time to check out this article from Vines by Price.price.com: “10 Best Free Android Apps in the Philippines.”
I’m troubled when I hear of expats in the Philippines having trouble at our local Immigration Office in Iloilo. Today’s post, “ Iloilo Bureau of Immigration Refuses to Extend Foreigners’ Tourist Visas” addresses this issue.
I have some advice for those hoping a proposed Philippine divorce bill passed by the Philippine House will become the law of the land in the Philippines: “Don’t get your knickers in a twist.”
Will a new bill being discussed in the Philippines House of Representatives finally end late night karaoke sessions in the Philippines? Anyone that have lived in the archipelago has been exposed to extreme noise pollution coming from local fiestas, birthday parties, loudspeakers, karaoke bars, etc. It’s a law that’s been long overdue in the Philippines.
It’s tough living in utopia. I don’t have a job where bosses bark out orders and raise my blood pressure. There’s no commute to work on I-55 where road rage incidents are more prolific than political speeches on Oscars night. Yep, I’ve been on “cloud nine” for over eight years now. Now, it’s just another day in “paradise.”